Despite its popularity relatively little is known about injuries specific to beach volleyball. A 2003 study evaluating professional players detailed a relatively low rate of acute injuries. 1 The most common injuries are to the knee, ankle, and finger. Knee injuries can include tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), other knee ligament sprains, and meniscus tears.
Lower Back Injuries. Many lower back injuries that occur from volleyball are a result of the landing impact after repetitive jumping or due to uneven terrain. Although it is true that occurrences of this injury are much lower compared to other sports, lower back injuries in the form of sprains and strains do occur in beach volleyball.
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Below are some of the most common injuries connected to volleyball. #9: “Sand Toe” Although the most widespread type of volleyball injury overall is ankle sprains, beach volleyball in particular has its own set of unique concerns. In addition to issues caused by foreign bodies in the sand (such as lacerations to the foot and toes caused by shells or glass), “sand toe” is another cause for concern.
Their function is to affect small movements around the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. With the repeated movements of the shoulder in volleyball these can become the scapegoats that start hurting you particularly with a spike or any overhead shots. 2. Wrist Pain. Wrists take a pounding in beach volleyball.
Many beach volleyball players at the professional level have torn their achilles when exercising off the sand. A powerful calf muscle, but one that is tight, is the perfect recipe for an achilles tendon injury.
Both beach and indoor volleyball are Olympic sports and watched by many. Injuries in volleyball are commonly due to jumping and landing as well as from hitting and blocking the ball. The ball can reach speeds of 80 mph and can cause significant injury should the ball strike an unintended area of a player’s body.
Finger Injuries. Fingers are vulnerable to injury during volleyball activities, such as blocking, setting, and digging. Common finger injuries include fractures, dislocations, and tendon and ligament tears. If you are unable to bend the finger, consultation with your sports medicine professional or athletic trainer is important.
Treatment can vary significantly depending on the injury. Ankle Sprains. Ankle injuries are the most common injury to volleyball players and responsible for the most lost playing time. Ankle sprains should be immobilized for as short as time as possible to allow for quicker rehabilitation.